NBSO The Music of John Williams

NBSO April Show



TICKETS: $25 / $40 / $50 / $60

The Music of John Williams
Ken-David Masur, Guest Conductor

No composer has done more to bring the full scope and beauty of symphonic music to film than John Williams. From Star Wars to Schindler’s List, Williams’s music brings to life the whole range of human emotions and experiences that embody the human spirit. Williams’s creative power will be on full display in this wide-ranging program that will include music from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Superman, Catch Me If You Can, Jaws, E.T., and many more. Join the NBSO for an unforgettable concert that will transport you to the many worlds of John Williams.

With more than 100 film scores to his credit, as well as dozens of concerts, symphonic works and chamber music pieces, John Williams is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers of his generation. He has received 50 Academy Award nominations and won five Oscars. Williams has also received three Emmy Awards and more than 20 Grammy Awards. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2004 and was awarded a National Medal of Arts in 2009.


Ken-David Masur has been critically hailed as “fearless, bold” and a “life-force” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and “a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma” (Leipzig Volkszeitung). As Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he began his 2015/16 season at Tanglewood, followed by summer concerts in Tokyo leading the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. Masur also continues in his post as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony and returns twice to lead weeks with the National Philharmonic of Russia. Masur studied conducting primarily with his father, Kurt Masur. Together with his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, he serves as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival.